San Luis Obispo's Favorite Tobacco Shop.

“Premium Cigars, Tobacco & Requisites”

About Us

The Sanctuary Tobacco Shop was established in 1992, when Doug Shaw purchased the existing tobacco shop. The downtown location has been a tobacco shop since 1973. Doug remodeled the store in 1993 to bring out the character of the century old building; he exposed the brick walls, introduced rich hard woods, and refinished the wood floor. It was at this time Doug added a lounge/loft that, to this day, many of our customers do not notice until they hear voices from above. Feel free to come on down and join us for a relaxing cigar or pipe full and experience a traditional tobacco shop.

At The Sanctuary there is one saying that defines us: “The only work free, smoke place in San Luis Obispo.” The Sanctuary we strives to have a relaxing atmosphere for all of our customers to enjoy. We carry a full line of handmade cigars, pipes as well as all the smoking requisites you will need. In recent years we have added a selection men’s gifts. Come on down and join Doug and the regulars for a relaxing afternoon.  Good smokes, good fellowship and good friends.

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Ali M.

Great little tobacco shop. Friendly and knowledge staff and regulars. Smallish selection but the cigars are all very well picked out. All excellent cigars. Cosy lounge to enjoy a cigar.

Jul 7, 2015
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noah c.
Salinas, CA

I'm not deployed in the desert anymore, but still to far away to visit regularly on Thursday nights. But have made a half state drive recently to stop by and say hi. Best night to stop by is Thursday, always a good group of folks to chat with. (sure it's ...

Jun 29, 2014
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Susan S.
Ojai, CA

Great selection of cigars and pipe tobacco ... A lot more fun shopping for my husband.. They have a custom brand called a Tolosa that I've had before and purchased again today. A really nice and smooth cigar at a very reasonable price . The owner is very helpful. I haven't been ...

Jan 9, 2014
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Brandon L.
Fontana, CA

Finally somewhere I can buy and burn my cigars. Something about smoking inside makes me feel I'm cheating the system! Now the trees won't get cancer!

Nov 27, 2013
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Christopher S.
Santa Maria, CA

I had stumbled upon The Sanctuary during a trip to one of SLO's Farmer's Markets to buy a pack of smokes. I have now become a frequent customer at least once a week to pick up a cigar, Padron, and relax upstairs to enjoy myself. The owner is great and ...

Nov 22, 2013

Contact Us


Monday - Saturday: 11a - 6p

Thursday: 11a - 9p

Sunday: 12 - 4p

1111 Chorro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Directions | (805) 543-1958